the legend of proserpine – a bridal session

This wedding inspiration shoot from Svetlana Strizhakova Photography was inspired by the legend of Proserpine and portrays the story through two different scenes: one on earth and one in the underworld. The juxtaposition is truly magnificent! Refresh your memory on the details of this legend a little further down the page.

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Proserpine, daughter of Ceres was a gorgeous goddess of Earth and nature and one day while she was playing in a flowery meadow with her nymph companions, she was seized by Pluto and carried off into the underworld to be his bride. Her mother despaired of her disappearance and searched everywhere over the Earth to find her daughter. When she found out what happened, Ceres was furious and refused to let the land bloom until her daughter was returned to her.

Jupiter, the main Olympian god, consented to bring the Proserpine back to her mother, but because Proserpine had tasted of the food of Pluto (a handful of pomegranate seeds) she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the Earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain and her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.”

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See another gorgeous editorial (with ideas on how to have a winter wedding in the summer) from Svetlana Strizhakova here!

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Photography: Svetlana Strizhakova Photography // Gown: Milamira // Beauty: Anastasya Raevskaya // Floral Design: Couture Flowers // Calligraphy: k_dilan // Setting: Private Residence in Moscow, Russia.

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